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Ethnic Brass Traditional Ankle Bracelet From India Vide Poche

Dhokra art old ethnic tribal brass traditional ankle bracelet from India, repurposed as ashtrays or vide poche.
Handcrafted of a hollow band of heavy brass decorated with chevron repoussé banding and lost wax granulation.
The brass inner plate was later added to use the bracelet as a small ashtray.
The closure was a push pin mechanism that was closed.
India, circa 1920s.
Measure: 7"5 D x 2" H.

"Dhokra is an ancient folk art tradition prevalent in India in the eastern states of West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Dhokra craft objects are made through the process of non-ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique, which is one of the earliest and most advanced methods of metal casting known to human civilization. Its roots can be traced back 4500 years to the ancient city of Mohenjodaro in the Indus Valley Civilization.
The name Dokra or Dhokra was used to indicate a group of craftsmen of nomadic type from the Dhokra Damar tribe, scattered over the regions of Bengal, Orisa and Madhya Pradash, whose wares were identified by their beautifully shaped and decorated metal products. The enchanting Dhokra art objects have motifs inspired by indigenous folk culture and are characterized by a primitive, instinctive style. The main hallmark of the Dokra ornamental sculptures and goods is simplicity, charming folk motifs, a rustic beauty and imaginative, intricate designs and patterns."